Chilean Miners Sell Movie Rights
November 5, 2011 by staff
Chilean Miners Sell Movie Rights, A year ago, the rescue of 33 Chilean miners who were trapped about half a meter miles in 69 days began. Immediately after the daring rescue of the San Jose mine, fame and admiration were cast in “The 33″ as the story of his horrible ordeal and survival became worldwide news.
Now, 12 months later, with the media attention and the center of attention around the world in a distant memory, the 33 miners are being forced to cope with different tests – including poverty, psychological trauma and even problems drugs and alcohol.
For nearly two months, the world saw and focused on the “miners every move as technology allowed images to 700 meters below ground to be shown by theaters around the world. People watched for hours as teams Television footage documented the painstaking rescue, as one by one each of the miners were lifted to the surface and presented to the world.
The “Los 33″ became instant celebrities, a symbol of hope and courage with a story of survival against the odds as in fact a film adaptation. They were invited to Wembley Stadium, where they were cheered by the 75,000 fans who traveled the world visiting Los Angeles, Disney World and the Greek islands – all paid for by people who were inspired by his story.
But today, many of the miners have returned to poverty, some of which are worse than before.
Of the original 33, only a handful have found steady employment, with only four returning to mining. Nine miners are prolonged sickness post-traumatic stress, 14 were granted early retirement pension equal to 500 and a month, half the amount that made working in the mines.
After the rescue, each miner received and 15,000 by a local entrepreneur, but for most, money is exhausted. One of the miners, Osman Araya, used the money to buy a van, which now sells vegetables in the market for a living Copiapo. Dario Segovia, a former drill operator, sells fruit in the same market.
Many potential employers in the city of Copiapo have refused to hire miners for fear they are still psychologically marked.
Many have psychological and medical problems, said Dr. Jean Romagnoli, chief physician in the rescue operation.
“They are taking stimulants, tranquilizers, stabilizers, I think are most prescribed … They do not understand why they are taking, but are tired of pills,” he said. “You do not need pills, but the tools to deal with fame and the tools to renew them.”
20 years old, Jimmy Sanchez, one of the miners out of work, currently traveling on a round trip of 11 hours twice a month to see a psychiatrist.
“Most of us are in the same place with emotional and psychological problems,” said S? S?nchez.
“It was the fear that he would never see our families, we were going to die. Just can not shake the memories.”
Edison Pe? A was one of the few miners to take initially to fame as well, appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman and ran in the New York City Marathon weeks after his release, but now in a psychiatric clinic
“They made us feel like heroes,” said Pe? A, 35. “Ultimately, we are selling peanuts. It is ironic, huh?”
On Thursday to commemorate the first anniversary of the rescue, a 39-foot statue donated by the China Foundation will be released in Copiapo. The miners say they have been better appreciated abroad than at home in Chile. “We feel a little left here,” said Pe? A.
Jonathan Franklin, author of ’33 Men ‘which chronicles the first 17 days miners trapped underground, miners mentioned that have been “a kind of thrown into the street. They are invisible in Chile.”
But it seems that there have been so quickly forgotten in other parts of the world. A cast of Hollywood’s film is in production after Michael Medavoy, who had previously worked in the Oscar-winning ‘Black Swan’ bought the film rights. The film, which will be written by Motorcycle Diaries writer Jose Rivera, is scheduled to be released in 2013.
An official book should also be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Hector Tobar, both of which are set to be financial rewarding of the 33 miners.
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